Sunday 16 June 2019

'It is filled with inaccuracies and mistakes' - election candidate claims letter urged locals not to vote for him

The letter ask locals not to vote for Green Party candidates Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello.

Patrick Costello - Green Party
Patrick Costello - Green Party
The letter ask locals not to vote for Green Party candidates Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello.
The route would go directly through a wall in the area but Cllr Costello claimed that this was not set in stone and could be changed through public consultation.

Callum Lavery

A letter shared by Dublin residents urged locals not to vote for Green Party candidates, a local councillor has claimed.

Dublin City Councillor Patrick Costello posted the letter which he claimed was shared by residents in the Cowper Downs, and Cowper Village area, of Dublin 6 on Twitter yesterday morning.

Cllr Costello said the letter claims the Green Party planned  to demolish a surrounding wall in the area for a ‘Quietway Cycle Path.’

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The letter ask locals not to vote for Green Party candidates Claire Byrne and Patrick Costello.

“This letter has been going around on the Quietway asking people to not vote for me. It is filled with inaccuracies and mistakes.”

Cllr Costello, said the Quietway was not just supported by the Green Party candidates and a recent vote on the cycle path was for a public consultation, not for endorsement of the path as described in the letter.

“To spin it as just a Green Party initiative isn’t truthful and is misleading. The original idea came from Paddy Smyth (Fine Gael).

“The vote was to fund a public consultation on the route, not as the letter claims to hire consultants to promote it.  Public consultation would have included listening to concerns and trying to find alternatives.

The authors of the letter claimed the cycle path would tear down the wall surrounding the area and would lead to an increase in burglaries.

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The route would go directly through a wall in the area but Cllr Costello claimed that this was not set in stone and could be changed through public consultation.

Cllr Costello said that public consultation would have created alternative routes and claimed that increased foot traffic in the area would deter burglaries.

“The concern raised, namely opening the wall for a route through, could have been avoided with a small route change,  for example installing a two way cycle lane from Frankfort Ave to Cowper Rd, similar to plans proposed for Rathgar Rd further back along the route.

“Being worried about burglaries is reasonable, but the route would have meant more activity in the area and higher levels of passive surveillance that could have in fact made the estate safer…but that’s moot point as the consultation could have found an alternative route."

Cllr Costello told Independent.ie that many of the claims made in the letter were made due to locals misunderstanding that the proposed project has not yet been finalised.

“People seem to think that it is a done deal, just waiting to be voted on. It’s not, but that message does not seem to be getting through.

“There is a balance to be struck with public consultation. If you go to early you have nothing to go on, and if you go too late you are accused of hiding things. Maybe we should have tried to start the public consultation sooner.”

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